Celtic youngster Luca Connell is on fire; makes game-winning contribution with Queen's Park

By David Walton

April 4, 2021

Celtic youngster Luca Connell just can’t stop delivering at the moment as he provided Queen’s Park with another game-winning moment yesterday.

Everything has been turning up trumps for the former Bolton starlet since he departed for the League Two club. He bagged an assist on his debut, a howitzer of a first-ever senior goal in his second match, and now a match-winning delivery in his third. If his remit is to make an impression, he’s struggling to calm that impression down.

Granted, it doesn’t officially go down as an assist. His delivery was glanced on at the front post and diverted in for an own goal. But once again he was heavily involved as the goal came from his ball into the penalty area. It was an assist in all but its official name.

Everything that’s going well for Queen’s Park is coming through the Lennoxtown youngster. It comes after his contribution over the last week was highlighted by the SPFL, the Queen’s Twitter account, and his manager.

The 1-0 win against Stirling Albion ensured Connell’s side sit 10 points clear at the top of League Two. Connell is now only six wins away from bagging promotion to League One.

Luca Connell already needing a bigger challenge; is Eddie Howe the man to give him that opportunity?

Howe has always been known for integrating youth during his time with Bournemouth. It was one of his key strengths as a manager and something his reputation had been built on [Bournemouth Echo].

That bodes well for the next generation at Parkhead. And when you talk about exciting youth products, nobody shines more than Connell. The man who hasn’t been given a minute of action at Celtic since his signing back in the summer of 2019.

Connell is currently doing everything he needs to. He’s putting his name in the spotlight and making himself an extremely popular figure amongst the Celtic supporters. If he comes back to Lennoxtown and is forgotten about once again, the Celtic fans will be the first to call it out.

Luca Connell: in Celtic training / (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group via Getty Images)

At the very least, he looks ready for a step-up. Not surprising given he was a regular in the English Championship as many as two seasons ago. A step-up doesn’t mean a move to a Scottish League One club either. Connell needs to be operating at a higher level than that, and he’ll know it too.

With Scott Brown leaving for Aberdeen and fresh speculation over Callum McGregor’s future today [Scottish Sun], Celtic could need some more talented options in their first-team squad next season. Connell should at least be given a chance under the new manager.

And if it does prove to be Howe, that’s a massive boost for his chances of actually getting to showcase his talents to the Celtic supporters.

In other news, John Kennedy made a major decision on this £3.5m Celtic star yesterday.